Aug 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) calls a play against the Carolina Panthers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Betting Odds: Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills (-1.5)
- Cincinnati Bengals Moneyline: +100
- Buffalo Bills Moneyline: -120
- Over/Under: 41.5
- Kickoff: Aug. 26, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. ET
The Bengals have wisely rested Tyler Eifert through two preseason games, but he’s tentatively expected to be ready to go for Week 1. One of the league’s premiere touchdown scorers, Eifert has found the end zone 18 times in his last 23 games and accordingly worked among the league’s best fantasy tight ends.
Eifert is expected to be on a weekly snap count in an effort to avoid further injury. Still, the league’s TE5 in DraftKings PPG since 2015 is positioned to smash his current ADP (PPR TE14, 150.2 overall) *if* he remains healthy.
The Bills and Bengals have each received half of the public’s moneyline tickets, but 86% of the money has come in on the visiting Bengals.
It’s #JoshAllenSzn in Buffalo, as the No. 7 overall pick will get the start Sunday afternoon. Allen has demonstrated his next-level arm strength and underrated athletic ability through two weeks, but he’s also averaged a pedestrian 5.5 yards per attempt on 32 drop backs. An improved performance Sunday afternoon could very well land Allen the Week 1 starting job.
The more-concerning issue is Allen’s continued inaccuracy. He hasn’t posted a 60% completion rate at any level of football since high school, and he’s just 18-of-32 (56.3%) after two games. The public isn’t expecting a shootout in Allen’s first start, as 80% of tickets have backed the under.
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Credit: Aug 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) calls a play against the Carolina Panthers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports